CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Sports Medicine International Open 2018; 02(01): E28-E34
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-124757
Training & Testing
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A 9-Week Nordic and Free Walking Improve Postural Balance in Parkinson’s Disease

Leandro Tolfo Franzoni1, Elren Passos Monteiro1, Henrique Bianchi Oliveira1, Rodrigo Gomes da Rosa1, Rochelle Rocha Costa1, Carlos Rieder2, Flávia Gomes Martinez1, Leonardo Alexandre Peyré-Tartaruga1
  • 1Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Exercise Research Laboratory, Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • 2Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Sleep and Movement Disorders Clinics, Division of Neurology, Porto Alegre, Brazil
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Publication History

received 31 March 2017
revised 22 November 2017

accepted 29 November 2017

Publication Date:
08 January 2018 (online)


Aerobic training has a neuroprotective effect in people with Parkinson’s disease. Recent evidence indicates that Nordic walking seems a promising alternative due to positive outcomes in functional mobility. However, the effects of Nordic walking compared to free walking on static and functional balance parameters are still unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of nine weeks of Nordic and free walking training on static and functional balance. The sample size was 33 individuals with eight dropouts, leaving 25 individuals in the final sample (Nordic Walking, n=14, Free Walking, n=11). The participants underwent two evaluations in the present randomized clinical trial, pre- and post-training, to determine average velocity and root-mean-square values from center of pressure with eyes open and eyes closed. The functional balance showed approximately 5% improvement for the two groups (p=0.04). The results indicate that nine weeks of Nordic and free walking training were enough to induce improvements in the proprioceptive system and functional balance.